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The latest news, analysis, commentary and thoughts from Valley Vision.  Read on about what we're saying, and what others are saying about us.


Philadelphia's Story Offers Lessons

Press coverage
Oct 04, 2013
Philadelphia is a city of firsts. A first-hand examination of what animates Philly and its metro area, hosted by our metropolitan chamber, found that leaders there continue to be driven by that ethic. The “study mission” program, now in its 15th year, recruited 77 local leaders from business, government, education and nonprofits to spend four days in September in the heart of an economic revival...+ Read more

Philadelphia Proves Economic Development is a Team Sport

Blog: Opinion
Oct 01, 2013
Leaders in Philadelphia are in the throes of activating a regional scale economic development agenda. World-Class Philadelphia is not much different than our region’s Next Economy. Their plan contains many of the same strategies and is championed by many of the same entities. Their success is notable and marked by an unfettered commitment by Philadelphia’s leadership to getting things done. They...+ Read more

The Power of Revolutionary Ideas; Stories from Philly

Blog: Opinion
Sep 29, 2013
Some words or phrases when heard for the first time can affect you deeply. They are like thunderclaps in a steady rain. They punctuate and give deep meaning and can surprise us with their force. The recent study mission trip to Philly was this way. A local leader who declares with a confidence born by her own life experience that "place making used to be defined by skyline. Now it's defined by...+ Read more

Checkup time for S.J.: Nonprofit hospitals unveil county's health needs assessment

Press coverage
Sep 27, 2013
STOCKTON - Chronic disease is defined as a long-lasting condition that can be controlled but not cured. Just like diabetes or asthma, San Joaquin County can't seem to shake its chronic history of poor health outcomes. But that doesn't mean those whose business it is to treat, prevent, educate, improve or even eradicate those chronically poor health conditions don't want to see change - to move...+ Read more

Viewpoints: Agriculture is not just the Sacramento Valley's Heritage; It's Our Future

Press coverage
Sep 26, 2013
I love to eat in Sacramento’s warehouse district. The brick buildings and reused industrial sites are the perfect background for real food driven by the season’s local crops. Magpie Café is one of my favorites. Chef Ed Roehr does a fantastic job bringing the region’s best food to a bustling midtown. As great as the food is, I really love the sense of place. These warehouses, and many throughout...+ Read more

Valley Vision is a national best practice model for regional leadership organizations

News release
Sep 03, 2013
Valley Vision was recently spotlighted as a promising practice model among regional leadership organizations in the United States. The South Florida chapter of the Urban Land Institute commissioned a study of regional leadership organizations in the United States that might serve as a prototype for their efforts there. A nation-wide best practice search uncovered Valley Vision and five other...+ Read more

Valley Vision Announces the 2013 Legacy Feast Award Winners

News release
May 07, 2013
SACRAMENTO, May 7, 2013 – Every year the all-volunteer board of Valley Vision selects three business or civic leaders who have made an indelible impact on the quality of life here in the Capital Region. Over 50 nominations were considered in threeaward categories: economic, environmental, and community impact. Valley Vision announced the winners today: Dale Carlsen , founder and CEO of Sleep...+ Read more

Next Economy sets out to generate 35,000 new jobs and $5.3 billion in economic output in next five years

News release
Mar 19, 2013
SACRAMENTO, CA—Culminating more than a year’s worth of research, community-wide information gathering, planning and prioritizing, business leaders unveiled today the Next Economy Action Plan at a news conference held at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. Regional leaders representing business, government, health and bioscience, and academia stood together to emphasize their commitment to...+ Read more

Next Economy plan sets goals for economy's transformation

Press coverage
Mar 19, 2013
Sacramento civic leaders this morning unveiled a five-year blueprint that aims to transform the capital area, adding 35,000 jobs and $5.3 billion beyond expected growth through 2017. In a concerted effort to keep the plan relevant in the months and years that follow today’s unveiling, the long-awaited “Next Economy” plan assign deadlines and responsibilities to organizations involved in the...+ Read more
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Economic blueprint effort moves into high gear

Press coverage
Nov 30, 2012
Business leaders have taken a key step toward launching a plan to diversify Sacramento’s economy. Organizers of the initiative, known as Next Economy, are in the final stages of drafting a blueprint for expansion as the region recovers from a punishing recession. Participants are identifying roadblocks and opportunities for economic growth. “You build strength through diversification, and not...+ Read more